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Homesteading & Home Making

Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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4 Farm-Tastic DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

By Amber | Oct 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Fall is my favorite time of year and the kids always liked to decorate for Halloween. Coming from a frugal family, decorations were made using things we had around the house. Thankfully, we have the Dollar Tree these days where we can make Farm-Tastic Halloween Decorations for just a couple of dollars. Here are 4…

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The BEST Tips & Tricks to Drying & Storing Firewood

By Amber | Aug 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We’ve want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood.

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Choosing the Best Trees for Firewood

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
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If you’re going to put out the energy and time to cut, split, and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible. No use wasting valuable time when there might be an easier way, right? The question is, how do you know which are the best trees for firewood.

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Old Fashioned Farmers in a Modern Day

By Amber | Jul 13, 2018 | 5 Comments
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We are often asked why we call ourselves “New Old-Fashioned Farmers.” The answer of course is simple. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, at least in manner that is. Since we farm in a modern, tech filled world we have a some variances, but then every generation brings its own ideas, experiences, and talents to farming. Balance is the key to life.

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Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother

By Amber | Jul 12, 2018 | 83 Comments

When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! 🙂

Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.

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Where Have All The Fireflies Gone? A forgotten pastime of our youth

By Amber | Jun 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where Have All The Fireflies Gone-a forgotten pastime of our youth.

Have you ever caught a firefly? I remember countless nights as a child, running through the fields with a mason jar trying to catch fireflies. Watching the jar filled with bugs with glowing bottoms for hours, then releasing them back into the fields only to start all over again. But where have all the fireflies…

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Back To Our Roots- The Modern Homesteader

By Amber | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Has something in your soul been calling you to get back to your roots? Do you have a strong desire to leave the fast-paced society and get your hands in the dirt? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands just like you are wanting to leave their 9-5 in search of a simpler life. To…

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DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip

By Amber | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip to Keep Ants Away

  Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. Their ability to hover, their amazing speed, and how they appear to dance with the air. As long as I can remember, my grands and my ma had a red feeder hanging outside the window to attract hummingbirds. Little did we know back then that the red food dye…

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Sweeteners

By Amber | Jan 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

January Week 3 Bonus Lesson- Sweeteners Nutrition & Home Economics  All ages  Research different sweeteners and, if possible, taste them. Does your family use any of the sweeteners in the lesson? Discuss why they are used instead of sugar. Try baking with some different sweeteners. Do you like the results? Science All ages  Here is…

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First Aid

By Amber | Jan 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

  January 2021 Week 3 Lesson 2 First Aid Life Skills Preschool/Kindergarten – Teach your child how to put on a bandage and why they need to leave it on if they need one. Show them to recognize if someone needs help and what to do (usually get an adult to help the injured). Teach…

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Germs & Infections

By Amber | Jan 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

January Week Three Lesson 1 Germs & Infections Science Preschool/Kindergarten  Talk with your child about proper hygiene to avoid germs and infections. Discuss germs and what they do. Here is Sid the Science Kid to explain a little about germs Germs Sid the Science Kid~ YouTube Grade School/High School Research germs and infections further.    What…

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Basic Vehicle Repairs

By Amber | Jan 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

January Week 2 Lesson 2 Basic Vehicle Repairs  Math Preschool/Kindergarten  Work on calendars with your child. Help them to understand longer stretches of time between maintenance tasks, such as every six months, by showing the span on a calendar. Teach them the months of the year and the number of days in each month. Practice…

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Basic Vehicle Care – Engines and Fluids

By Amber | Jan 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

January 2021 Week 2 Lesson 1 Life Skills/Shop/Science Preschool/Kindergarten Show your child the engine in your vehicle. Point out the various parts and tell your child what they do. Here is a basic video about how engines work geared toward younger children YouTube Video~  Cars for Kids. Show your child how to check the oil,…

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Plumbing Repairs

By Amber | Dec 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

January 2021 Week 1 Lesson 4 Plumbing Repairs Life Skills  Preschool/Kindergarten  Show your child what the different parts of your plumbing system look like. Teach them what to do if they discover a plumbing problem. If you need to do routine maintenance or some unplanned repairs, let  them watch and help (they can hand you…

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Plumbing 101

By Amber | Dec 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

January Week 1 Lesson 3 Plumbing 101 Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write PLUMBING and PIPES. They can use drinking straws to form the letters as well. Discuss with your child what they should do if they see a water leak.  >>> Link to Plumbing Word Search ~ Word Searcher Grade School/High School  Here…

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Septic and Lagoon Systems

By Amber | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

January Week 1 Lesson 2 Septic and Lagoon Systems Math Preschool/Kindergarten  Teach your child about volume measurements. Let them practice with different sized containers – cups, pints, quarts, half-gallons, and gallons. Resource >>>Examples of Ways to Measure Volume ~ Your Dictionary Grade School/High School  Draw a diagram of a leach field to scale, using the…

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Outhouses & Composting Toilets

By Amber | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

January Week 1 Lesson 1 Outhouses & Composting Toilets Math Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice measuring things using a tape measure. Show them the typical size of an outhouse and how deep the normal hole is. Have them draw an outhouse floor plan on graph paper. Let them be creative with it – it does…

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January Printables

By Amber | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

January Free Printables Each month we will offer free printables for you to print for your children. You can do the lesson online or print the lessons and avoid seeing ads. We encourage you to share any coloring pictures or accomplished schoolwork/projects in the Facebook private group or our MeWe Group In addition to the printable lessons, we…

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